Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery will host its first fundraising event for 2018 — a Vintage Market scheduled to open Friday night and run through Sunday.
“This fundraiser is a really good time for all of our vendors and volunteers,” said Amanda Jones, executive director.
This is the fourth year for the event which will coincide with the Washmo BBQ, Bikes and Blues festival in Downtown Washington.
Vendors will be set up along Main and Elm streets selling vintage, vintage repurposed and vintage upcycled items. The hours are Friday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11a.m to 4 p.m.
Grace’s Place also will have a booth set up at the corner of Elm and Main and will host a Kids Tent again this year.
“Our vintage market is different than a lot of others hosted around the St. Louis metro area and in Illinois because we are a nonprofit organization and all proceeds from booth sales go directly to benefit our emergency shelter,” Jones said. “The Kids Tent is a great place for the little ones to engage in activities, get their faces painted, while the parents can take a minute to learn about Grace’s Place and also take a rest while their child is playing.”
Jones said the vintage market committee has worked hard securing sponsorships from vendors, attendees for the event, as well as businesses to cover all out-of-pocket expenses from the event so more money can be raised to support the mission.
The vendor registration fees, plus newly added coupon cards and a 50/50 raffle, along with freewill donations, will all benefit Grace’s Place.
Admission to the event is free all three days. Several downtown shop owners are on the Grace’s Place Vintage Market committee, including Flippin’ Family, Four Seasons Florist, Tanglewood, The Painted Home and Chimera Photography.
“Our committee members mean the world to us,” said Jones. “They donate their time, talent and connections to make this a successful fundraiser for us. There is no way we could host a quality vintage market without their expertise and guidance — they are truly a big deal to us.”
New this year are the coupon cards, which can be purchased online at FB.com/GPVintageMarket for $10 each. There are over 15 vendors and shops listed on the card, which can be used all weekend long.
“If customers make three qualifying purchases during the weekend, they can enter the card for a chance to win one of several gift baskets. “As will everything going on this weekend, the proceeds from the coupon card directly benefit the Crisis Nursery,” said Jones.